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Animal Control Officer / Cruelty Investigator Certification

This Animal Control Officer / Cruelty Investigator certification course is the first of its kind being offered in Puerto Rico. It has been designed to meet the particular issues of our animal control and animal cruelty laws in Puerto Rico. This course has been approved by the Puerto Rico Health Department and is a collaboration between the government, Career Development Institute, and Amigos de los Animales.

Who should attend

Municipal and state employees and officials, Emergency Management Personnel, Animal rescuers, Municipal and State Police, Forest Rangers, Vet Techs, Veterinarians, Prosecutors, Lawyers and anyone interested in animal welfare and animal welfare law enforcement.

Date and place

The next course will take place on January 28 through February 2, 2019. Location to be announced. Every day the course will start at 8.30 am and ends around 5.00 pm.

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You may subscribe by filling in the form and mailing it to:
Amigos de los Animales – Animal Control Officer Course
HC 2 Box 7622, Loiza, PR 00772-9654

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You will learn
  • Puerto Rican statutes and rules governing rabies and control of domestic animals, animal cruelty laws and municipal responsibility for animal control.
  • The role of an animal control officer including, extent and limits of authority, educational responsibility, interaction with other agencies, transport of animals, community and media relations.
  • Animal behavior and breed recognition, strategies for dealing with cats, dogs, exotic species, rodents and mongoose.
  • Recognition and control and prevention of rabies and other zoonotic diseases
  • Investigation including investigative techniques, identifying animal cruelty, observation and perception, identifying, collecting and preserving evidence, search of buildings and areas, note taking and investigative report writing, verbal and non-verbal communication, interviewing techniques and principles of courtroom testimony.
  • Training and demonstration in the use of animal control equipment including rabies control poles, nets, humane traps, cat graspers and bite sticks.
  • Animal control center operations, model standards, adoption policies, humane euthanasia and reporting and disposal requirements.
  • The Court system and procedures.

The course is taught in Spanish, by prominent experts from Puerto Rico and the United States. Amongst them Wilma Rivera, Dr. Carlos Carazo, Dr. Olga Gonzalez, Maritza Rodriguez, Lcda. Yolanda Alvarez, Investigator Timoteo Vázquez, Investigator Geoffrey Goyette, Reporter and ACO/CI Susan Soltero, Investigator Leisha Swayne and Biologist Ernesto Marquez.


Upon course completion, you will earn a certificate from the Department of Health of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and Career Development Institute.

More information

Amigos de los Animales Puerto Rico (Spanish and English) / 787-313-5653 / 609- 577-3538


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